Hi, what’s the usual sort of data transfer speed to achieve over WiFi? I’ve set Samba up, and want to have two disks, one for Time Machine and one for usable storage. The first TM backup took 10 hours, with an HDD USB 2.0 I believe, and worked out at around 5MB/sec transfer speed. Every backup since then has been successful, but I haven’t measured speed as they happen at random times. I have no frame of reference as I’ve never measured the transfer speed with this disk wired, but 5MB/sec seems slow to me. I don’t have an SSD to test atm as my only SSD has Windows 10 installed on it to use as an external boot drive for my Mac in bootcamp, and I don’t want to wipe it because it was a pretty involved procedure to get it working in the first place. Does anyone know if these speeds are normal for an old 2.0 HDD, or slow? What’s the sort of speeds people would expect with Samba? Should I wait until I’ve got an SSD, or is there something wrong with my config? Will be testing transfer speeds over Cat8 Ethernet soon once the adapter arrives. Any advice welcome. Also sorry for posting so much on this board, I’ve gone down a home networking rabbit hole and found Wonderland!
(That’s 5 Mega Bytes per second, 50Mbps. If this is normal wireless transfer speed to an HDD, please let me know I’ve never done this before. If an SSD won’t be any faster also please let me know, and I’ll just get an HDD with more storage for less money.)
Update: Time Machine throttles speeds apparently. Will need to test with a non-backup disk.